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Valley high school rugby teams prepping to kick off 2016 season


WOLFVILLE - The Valley High School Rugby League will kick off its 2016 season April 12, with seven games at six schools.

According to league co-ordinator Jim Bryan at Avon View, the boys’ league will have six teams – Avon View, Central Kings, West Kings, Horton, Digby and Yarmouth.

The boys’ team from King’s-Edgehill will not be part of the league, but will join Avon View in challenging for a spot at the NSSAF D-1 provincials.

The Central Kings, West Kings, Horton, Yarmouth and Digby boys will play at the D-2 level, with Digby only fielding a sevens team.

The girls’ league will be made up of nine teams: Avon View, Park View and King’s- Edgehill will compete at the D-1 level; Middleton, West Kings, Central Kings, Northeast Kings, Horton and Avon View ‘B’ in D-2.

A year ago, Avon View ‘A’ won the D-1 girls’ regional championship, and went on to win provincials. King’s-Edgehill won the D-1 boys’ regional banner, but lost in the semifinals at provincials.

Central Kings won both the D-2 boys’ and girls’ regionals, and both CK teams went on to capture silver at provincials.

Bryan said that in D-1 boys', Avon View is keen to challenge KES for the the regional banner.

The VHSRL welcomes a new D-2 boys’ entry in Yarmouth.

“Central Kings are the defending champions, but with West Kings back in the boys’ league and a new team in Yarmouth, things will likely look very different,” Bryan said.

D-1 girls will be a battle between Avon View, Park View and King’s-Edgehill.

“Avon View are the defending champs, but KES also has a lot of returning players. It may be a battle of Windsor unless Park View, a relatively new team, can learn quickly," he said.

In D-2 girls, six teams will battle for the regional title.

As with the D-2 boys, Central Kings are the defending champs.

"With Horton dropping to D-2 this year," Bryan said, "they will certainly pose a challenge to CK.”

"(West Kings) has three girls with provincial team experience, so they may be a dark horse. Middleton has (Acadia-bound Sydney Smith) who plays for Canada, so they cannot be ignored and NKEC improves every year.”

The Avon View ‘B’ team “is mostly a developmental team, but they work hard.”

NKEC also has a boys’ rugby team, but they have chosen not to be part of the league this season, but they will play exhibition games.

Central Kings will be hosting the D-2 boys’ and girls’ provincials June 3-4 in Cambridge. Avon View may get to host the D-1 provincials if the Cape Breton region does not have a D-1 team.

The league gets underway April 12 with the West Kings girls hosting King’s-Edgehill, the NKEC girls hosting CK, the Horton girls hosting Middleton on Acadia’s Raymond Field and the Avon View girls hosting Park View.

In boys’ action, Horton hosts Yarmouth, again on Raymond Field, Avon View hosts CK and Digby hosts West Kings in a sevens game.

League action continues each Tuesday and Thursday through April and May. The entire schedule is available at http://valleyrugby.blogspot.ca.

Starting May 3, the D-1 and D-2 teams will play each other for the remainder of the regular season.  

jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca

According to league co-ordinator Jim Bryan at Avon View, the boys’ league will have six teams – Avon View, Central Kings, West Kings, Horton, Digby and Yarmouth.

The boys’ team from King’s-Edgehill will not be part of the league, but will join Avon View in challenging for a spot at the NSSAF D-1 provincials.

The Central Kings, West Kings, Horton, Yarmouth and Digby boys will play at the D-2 level, with Digby only fielding a sevens team.

The girls’ league will be made up of nine teams: Avon View, Park View and King’s- Edgehill will compete at the D-1 level; Middleton, West Kings, Central Kings, Northeast Kings, Horton and Avon View ‘B’ in D-2.

A year ago, Avon View ‘A’ won the D-1 girls’ regional championship, and went on to win provincials. King’s-Edgehill won the D-1 boys’ regional banner, but lost in the semifinals at provincials.

Central Kings won both the D-2 boys’ and girls’ regionals, and both CK teams went on to capture silver at provincials.

Bryan said that in D-1 boys', Avon View is keen to challenge KES for the the regional banner.

The VHSRL welcomes a new D-2 boys’ entry in Yarmouth.

“Central Kings are the defending champions, but with West Kings back in the boys’ league and a new team in Yarmouth, things will likely look very different,” Bryan said.

D-1 girls will be a battle between Avon View, Park View and King’s-Edgehill.

“Avon View are the defending champs, but KES also has a lot of returning players. It may be a battle of Windsor unless Park View, a relatively new team, can learn quickly," he said.

In D-2 girls, six teams will battle for the regional title.

As with the D-2 boys, Central Kings are the defending champs.

"With Horton dropping to D-2 this year," Bryan said, "they will certainly pose a challenge to CK.”

"(West Kings) has three girls with provincial team experience, so they may be a dark horse. Middleton has (Acadia-bound Sydney Smith) who plays for Canada, so they cannot be ignored and NKEC improves every year.”

The Avon View ‘B’ team “is mostly a developmental team, but they work hard.”

NKEC also has a boys’ rugby team, but they have chosen not to be part of the league this season, but they will play exhibition games.

Central Kings will be hosting the D-2 boys’ and girls’ provincials June 3-4 in Cambridge. Avon View may get to host the D-1 provincials if the Cape Breton region does not have a D-1 team.

The league gets underway April 12 with the West Kings girls hosting King’s-Edgehill, the NKEC girls hosting CK, the Horton girls hosting Middleton on Acadia’s Raymond Field and the Avon View girls hosting Park View.

In boys’ action, Horton hosts Yarmouth, again on Raymond Field, Avon View hosts CK and Digby hosts West Kings in a sevens game.

League action continues each Tuesday and Thursday through April and May. The entire schedule is available at http://valleyrugby.blogspot.ca.

Starting May 3, the D-1 and D-2 teams will play each other for the remainder of the regular season.  

jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca

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